I've been wanting to play with my Friendship Bracelet quilt pattern again. Someone once asked if this pattern could be done with pre-cut jelly rolls, and after the Jelly Roll Race quilt and the Echo Star, I decided to actually try it. I thought it should work, but wanted to sew one up to be sure. Plus, this quilt is so quick to sew up, I knew it would be a relatively fast project.
Leave it to me to say out loud that I am not one to do a quilt in only one line of fabrics, and what do I do? Shop for lines of jelly rolls to turn into this quilt! I decided on a jelly roll of Denyse Schmidt's newest line Shelburne Falls. I love all of Denyse's fabric lines, mainly because they feel more gathered and less matched up.
But then, what solids to pair with the prints? On the original Friendship Bracelet, I used colors of sand to contrast with the "bracelet" strips. After an evening staring at my Kona color card, I decided to continue the beach theme with this new version play with some "watery" blues.
These colors and fabrics were looking kind of wild together early on, there's a lot of contrast. But stitch things together and cover them with quilting and suddenly they all look pretty happy together!
I backed it with a black print from the same line, and did a scrappy binding combining one of the blues from the water strips and what I had left from the backing. After pin basting using my favorite new method, I machine quilted it with straight lines using my walking foot. Soooo boring to do, but I love the texture! And I am loving Aurifil 50 wt thread (thanks to Deb at Bernina Northwest), it quilts beautifully, not too thick, and it's strong.
Pattern available here.